Madrasa row: No religious teaching with public money, says Himanta Biswa Sarma

News Desk    09-Oct-2020
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Himanta Biswa Sarma
Assam education minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, standing firm on the issue of Madrasas, reiterated that no religious institution will be allowed to function on public money. Sarma, however, said that government would issue two separate notifications for the madrasas and Sanskrit tols in November.
Making the government’s stand clear, Sarma said “If someone does it privately, they have that right. But it should not be done with the government’s expenditure. We will take decision in November and issue two separate notifications for Madrasas and Sanskrit tols.”
Reacting on Sarma’s statement, AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal said that if the BJP-led state government closes down government-run madrassas, his party would re-open them after coming to power in the assembly elections scheduled early next year.
Earlier, the minister had justified the stand by saying that religious teachings cannot be carried out with government funds in a secular country.